Hot Detox Methods: Bikram Yoga & Sauna

Written by JJ Smith, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author and Weight Loss Expert

Posted May 21st, 2018 under Detoxification, Health and Wellness, Physical Activity

Detoxing is all about resting, cleansing, and rejuvenating the body from the inside out. Detoxing  helps with protecting you from disease and renews your ability to be the healthiest version of you! There are over 21 detox methods that I use regularly, but two of my favorite hot detox methods include Bikram yoga and the sauna!  

Bikram Yoga

Seeing as your skin is one of the largest waste-disposal systems in the body, Bikram yoga classes are effective for detoxing because the body removes toxic waste through your skin via sweat. Bikram yoga classes are ninety minutes long and consist of twenty-six different poses performed in each session, along with two breathing exercises. The room is set to 95-100 degrees fahrenheit with the intentions of making you sweat profusely so that all of the toxic waste is removed from your body. Benefits include radiant skin, improved flexibility, weight loss,, strengthened immune system, and relaxed muscles.

Here’s a breakdown of the scale of difficulty for a Bikram Yoga class and the estimated cost per session:

Scale of Difficulty : Hard, but rewarding. Yoga is not only a great way to detox but a good way to sneak in some exercise!

Estimated Cost: $10-15 per session, but the price decreases if you purchase a monthly package.


Many, if not most of us do not actively sweat on a daily basis. Deep sweating has many benefits and can be achieved by simply sitting in a sauna. Similar to Bikram yoga, the heat in a sauna causes your core temperature to rise and allows your body to flush out toxins while you sit in a relaxed position for about 20-30 minutes. Sitting in a sauna has both health and beauty benefits. The sauna  moisturizes while eliminating toxins and improves the overall condition of your skin. Benefits also include weight loss, cure for illnesses, strengthened immune system, and relaxed muscles.

Take a look at the breakdown of the scale of difficulty, estimated cost and tips for using a Sauna:  

Scale of Difficulty : Simple enough, but the process of sitting in a sauna for long periods of time can be challenging if you’re new to the process. Make sure to drink lots of water and take breaks when needed.

Estimated Cost: $60 per session, but most gyms include a sauna and steam room that you can utilize as a part of your membership. Portable saunas can range from $200-500.

JJ’s Tips For the Sauna:

  1. Try out different saunas (infrared, steam, and oxygen steam saunas) to see which one works for you
  2. Sauna bathing 2-3 times per week is ideal for the intended benefits
  3. Drink water before and after the  sauna since most of the moisture in your body will be sweated out.
  4. Always consult your physician before trying out new detox methods, especially if you have heart issues.

Until next time!